Journal of Undergraduate Research


synthesized nanomaterials, water contaminants, photocatalysts


Physical and Mathematical Sciences


1. Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the proposal were met

Students working in the mentoring environment synthesized nanomaterials composed of ZnO and characterized the materials by SEM, TEM, XRD, and IR. They then used the materials as efficient photocatalysts to destroy dyes. They applied reactions and knowledge they had learned in their chemistry courses. They learned to solve problems by finding new ways to synthesize or characterize their compounds. They learned to run, fix, and change settings on multifaceted instruments. They learned to trouble-shoot problems to solve instrumental errors. They learned to reduce human error and understand instrument capabilities. They learned to work independently as well as in a team. They learned to schedule their time and take responsibility for their own progress.

Included in

Chemistry Commons